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August 15, 2011

FIVE MEMBERS OF THE COLLEGE AWARDED VANIER CANADA SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2011

FIVE MEMBERS OF THE COLLEGE AWARDED VANIER CANADA SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2011
Five Society Members of the College have been awarded prestigious Vanier Canada Scholarships for 2011: Denise Green, Yuanyuan Jiang, Simon Viel, Natalie Miller, and Chelsey Hauge.

All five members were recent Green College residents, meaning that 20% of the 25 recipients of the award from UBC this year lived at the College while undertaking their studies and programs of research. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the names of 167 Vanier Scholars on August 3, 2011. The award recognizes demonstrated leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement, and provides funding for up to three years of doctoral research valued at $50,000 per year.

Denise Green works with Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations of Vancouver Island. Her research uses ethnographic methods alongside documentary film production to explore how material artifacts, bodies, ceremonies, memories, and performances of cultural knowledge shape perceptions of space and of belonging to particular places.  She is also interested in the production of material culture and how knowledge about these practices is transmitted and transformed. Denise is currently pursuing a PhD in Socio-Cultural Anthropology.

Yuanyuan Jiang is interested in the self-perceptions of individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms, as well as the treatment-related perceptions of potential receivers of empirically-supported treatments for ADHD. Her work focuses on gaining a thorough understanding of the nature of these self- and treatment-related perceptions, to allow for interventions that better consider these factors and improvements in current empirically-supported treatments for ADHD. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Simon Viel is analyzing data from the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, located at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) near Geneva, to investigate whether there is any excess in the pair production of muons in high-energy collisions.  Such an excess could lead to the discovery of a new force of Nature, or hint towards the existence of additional space-time dimensions. Simon is currently pursuing a PhD in Physics. For more on Simon’s work, see www.triumf.ca/headlines/awards-honours/ubcs-simon-viel-2011-vanier-scholar.

Natalie Miller is interested in how children’s experiences within their family may affect their social behavior with peers.  Specifically, the aim of her research is to understand how children’s social cognitions about their interactions within the family members might be linked to the peer context, especially to the difficulties that some children have with peers. Natalie is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Chelsey Hauge Is interested in relational mobility in youth media. She is studying a transnational youth media and development program in rural Nicaragua to explore how youth media makers negotiate agency and mobility in media production, and how media productions are shaped by diverse and complicated mobilities. Chelsey is currently pursuing a PhD in Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education.

To learn more about the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship program, see http://www.vanier.gc.ca/eng/home-accueil.aspx.
 

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